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Ron DeSantis Taps New AHCA, DCF Secretaries

On Friday. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Simone Marstiller as secretary of the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) and Shevaun Harris as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
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Ron DeSantis: HUD Sending $86 Million in CARES Act Funds to Help the Homeless...

“The funds, which are being released in two separate disbursements ($20 million and $65 million), will be used to provide rental assistance, support emergency shelters, and conduct street outreach programs to connect unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness with local housing and other essential services,” the governor's office noted. 
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Casey DeSantis: FDOE, DCF Helped Send Almost 1,000 Devices to Help Children in Foster...

“As parents, Governor DeSantis and I are passionate about helping Florida’s children reach their full potential. In addition to the value of in-person instruction, this initiative supports children who have already faced significant personal challenges beyond their control,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis.

Casey DeSantis, DCF Recognize October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month

In 2019, there were at least 69 confirmed infant deaths in Florida as a result of unsafe sleep.
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Casey DeSantis: HHS Sending Almost $5 Million to DCF for Crisis Counseling Program

The grant, which came to almost $5 million, comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funds “will provide crisis counseling services through Florida’s network of 2-1-1 crisis helplines, assisting individuals in need of mental or behavioral health counseling and referrals.”
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Casey DeSantis Focuses on How The Pandemic Is Impacting Mental Health of Florida College...

The First Lady called for members to analyze and amplify state college and universities’ responses to the social and emotional challenges brought on by the mitigation efforts and policies put in place to address the virus.
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Casey DeSantis Announces Funds to Expand Telehealth Services to Students in 18 Counties

“Governor DeSantis and I are immensely proud that these funds will be available to support schools in their efforts to help students overcome barriers to achieving positive mental health wellness,” said DeSantis.

Ron DeSantis Signs DCF Accountability Act

“The DCF Accountability Act will permanently change the landscape of Florida’s child welfare system, addressing longstanding issues affecting Florida’s families, while keeping them safe and ultimately allowing them to thrive,” said DeSantis after signing the bill. “I am extremely grateful to Secretary Poppell and to our legislative leaders for their advocacy and dedication to seeing this important legislation through to fruition.”
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Casey DeSantis: Mental Health Awareness Part of Florida’s Response to COVID-19

Florida’s state agencies have coordinated with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health during the public health emergency to ensure Floridians have access to free mental health resources and necessary support.

Feds Approve Implementation of Florida’s Pandemic EBT Program

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), developed a P-EBT program to automatically issue benefits during the month of June to more than 2.1 million children who have temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price school meals during COVID-19-related school closures.
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Casey DeSantis: HHS Sending $1.9 Million to DCF

The funding will provide crisis intervention services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by COVID-19.

Ron DeSantis, DCF Announce Extended Support to Floridians Participating in SNAP and TANF

Following initial approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), SNAP recipients’ maximum monthly allotment (based on household size) will be increased for the month of May. Once approved, current SNAP recipients will receive this additional benefit amount automatically.
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